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2 Stolen Candy Bars From 1991 Come Back To Haunt Little Havana Man
NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 | Steve Litz

Posted on 10/24/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Manuel Parga paid a high price for two candy bars worth 89 cents from two decades ago.

The Little Havana man was about to land a new public housing apartment but failed the background check because he missed a court date back in 1991. He was supposed to appear there because of the chocolate he admits he stole from a Miami store.

Parga needs a new home, saying that his efficiency in the heart of little Havana is too small and too cold.

It turned out that there had been a warrant out for his arrest for more than two decades – and the county's public housing agency denied his application.

“We would run across this often with people who thought they had resolved their cases in the ‘80s or early ‘90s,” said Parga’s defense lawyer, Eduardo Pereira. “Now they’re older citizens and they’re running into problems with Social Security benefits or with disability issues.”

The crime happened back in 1991 at a downtown Miami store that doesn't even exist anymore. Parga admits he stole the two chocolate bars, was charged with a misdemeanor – and believed that his case was dismissed. But it wasn't.

Parga said he had the money to pay for the candy, but didn’t “for play, for play, you know,” he said, laughing.

But it turned out to be a big mistake for him, he said.

Along came Pereira, who cleared Parga's criminal record and cleared the way for him to move into a new home.

“Mom or dad, grandma or grandpa, could be arrested on something that they would have been given a ticket for but because there is this warrant in the system, they are taken into the jail because the officer won't have discretion,” Pereira said. “So it’s important, once you find out about things like this, to get help right away.”


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1 posted on 10/24/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

So?

In these days of massive incompetence and corruption by our ill-educated congressdorks, just why are we supposed to care about this?


2 posted on 10/24/2013 1:26:48 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: nickcarraway

Parga needs a new home, saying that his efficiency in the heart of little Havana is too small and too cold.

Too cold in Miami??

Too small? A single guy??

give me a break.


3 posted on 10/24/2013 1:29:45 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: ealgeone

He should have thought about that before he stole that candy bar, and skipped the trial.

Actions have consequences, sometimes even years later.


4 posted on 10/24/2013 1:31:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway
2 Stolen Candy Bars From 1991 Come Back To Haunt Little Havana Man

Freakin' midgets are thieves no matter where they come from.

5 posted on 10/24/2013 1:38:28 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: ealgeone

It shouldn’t be too cold, but I have seen some very small one room apartments, some as small as 64 sqft.

So, that part is possible.


6 posted on 10/24/2013 1:38:30 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: nickcarraway

Can’t do the time, don’t do the crime...


7 posted on 10/24/2013 1:40:38 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: nickcarraway

On the one hand, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the guy as by the looks of him, he must have been in his 40’s or 50’s when he shoplifted for a “little play, play”.

On the other hand, everyone in public housing is (legally)stealing from the taxpayers. Why should they ban this one crook, while letting all the others stay?


8 posted on 10/24/2013 1:41:31 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: nickcarraway
Parga said he had the money to pay for the candy, but didn’t “for play, for play, you know,” he said, laughing.

So seeing if one could get away with shoplifting was a game to some people?

-PJ

9 posted on 10/24/2013 1:43:21 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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Parga needs a new home, saying that his efficiency in the heart of little Havana is too small and too cold.

Too Cold?!?!?!?! It's Frickin' Miami!

10 posted on 10/24/2013 1:43:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*98/Manuel+Parga.jpg

He just wants a better apartment and taxpayer’s to help pay for it.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/2-Stolen-Candy-Bars-From-1991-Come-Back-To-Haunt-Man/229036301


11 posted on 10/24/2013 1:50:34 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: nickcarraway

They can dig up a warrant from 20 years ago and play games with a man but they can’t catch any of the MILLIONS of illegals who are breaking laws every day?


12 posted on 10/24/2013 1:52:57 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: dfwgator

i work in a law office, and we get calls like this from time to time... someone wants to a new job, and they go through a background check, and find out they have outstanding tickets... some that should have been taken care of, but because of a mistake or a glitch, it’s still in the system... but more often because the person never bothered to pay a fine, take care of a traffic ticket or appear in court...


13 posted on 10/24/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Political Junkie Too

>> “So seeing if one could get away with shoplifting was a game to some people?” <<

.
In the Bay Area we had a state assembly woman / wife of a judge, swipe a $2500 dress, and she just got a spank on her wrist.


14 posted on 10/24/2013 1:58:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
I remember that now. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi pleads no contest for stealing a dress from Nieman Marcus in San Francisco.

-PJ

15 posted on 10/24/2013 2:01:25 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

>> “They can dig up a warrant from 20 years ago and play games with a man but they can’t catch any of the MILLIONS of illegals who are breaking laws every day?” <<

.
Now if he were a 400 pound lesbian with a tattooed wooden leg there wouldn’t have been any problem.


16 posted on 10/24/2013 2:01:26 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: nickcarraway

What is the Florida statute of limitations on misdemeanor theft, of missing the court date for it? I’’m pretty sure it is less than 22 years.


17 posted on 10/24/2013 2:10:10 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps
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To: nickcarraway

Apartment too cold? In Miami??


18 posted on 10/24/2013 2:27:04 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: editor-surveyor

It helps to be connected

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/09/11/house-ethics-committee-will-not-launch-investigation-congressman-tierney/kp2jUI5RDo8tEAzUdXjCCN/story.html


19 posted on 10/24/2013 2:31:37 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods

Looks like the GOPe is just necessary back-up for Dems in trouble.


20 posted on 10/24/2013 2:43:14 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

>> “Apartment too cold? In Miami??” <<

.
Global warming...


21 posted on 10/24/2013 2:45:01 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
Now if he were a 400 pound lesbian with a tattooed wooden leg there wouldn’t have been any problem.

I gotta see this "tattooed wooden leg", pictures please...

Regards,
GtG

PS I've already seen the 400# lesbian.

22 posted on 10/24/2013 3:13:43 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: GreenLanternCorps
What is the Florida statute of limitations on misdemeanor theft, of missing the court date for it? I’’m pretty sure it is less than 22 years.

Statute of limitations is for being charged with a crime. Once you're charged, the clock stops.

23 posted on 10/24/2013 3:30:46 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

Get your camera and head for Frisco.


24 posted on 10/27/2013 3:37:00 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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